Madsen signs new 5-yr contract at Utah Valley

Utah Valley University men’s basketball head coach Mark Madsen has signed a new contract that will keep him with the Wolverines through the 2025-26 season. The new contract is a five-year agreement that replaces Madsen’s previous deal that was set to expire in 2022.
“Coach Madsen is man of exemplary character. He practices what he preaches and accepts nothing less than championships in competition, in the classroom, in the community, and in life. Mark has our men’s basketball program on an upward trajectory fresh off a WAC regular season championship,” said Utah Valley athletic director Dr. Jared Sumsion. “I know that he will build on the momentum that he has created over the past two seasons and will continue to compete for WAC Championships and NCAA berths.”
Madsen enters his third season with the Wolverines this year. After returning just two players, welcoming 16 newcomers, and being picked seventh in the WAC preseason polls last season, Madsen led the Wolverines to a WAC regular season title in 2020-2021, marking only the second league title in UVU history and its first since the 2013-14 season. The Wolverines were one of the most unselfish teams in the nation last season, averaging 16.8 assists per game, which ranked 11th nationally. Madsen’s 2020-21 squad was the only team in the WAC to defeat every opponent in the league. 
“I could not be more excited for the opportunity to continue to represent Utah Valley University,” said Madsen. “It is an honor and a privilege to work daily with outstanding student-athletes and a first-rate staff. Under President Astrid Tuminez and Vice President Val Peterson, this University has risen to national levels of academic success. The mission and core values of UVU resonate deeply with my wife Hannah and me, and we are incredibly grateful for this opportunity. We have felt embraced by the community and our children love the university environment here. I appreciate the dedicated work of our athletic director, Dr. Sumsion, who has pushed all of us and elevated the entire athletic department to new heights, which had not previously been reached. Our goal is to compete at the highest level year in and year out and we are excited to continue to execute on this vision.”

Four of Madsen’s players earned All-WAC honors in 2020-2021, including first team, second team, and honorable mention awards. Under his guidance, Fardaws Aimaq became the first player in UVU history to earn both WAC Player of the Year honors and the WAC Defensive Player of the Year award. Aimaq became the first player in 40 years to average 15 rebounds and was the nation’s leader in total rebounds, rebounds per game, and defensive rebounds per game. Aimaq also earned All-District honors and was named a finalist for both the Lou Henson Player of the Year award and the Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year award. Aimaq won the Riley Wallace Award, which is given annually to the top transfer in Division I college basketball. He also was named to the NetScouts All-International team.

During his first season in 2020-21, Madsen’s team fought through injuries and adversity to pick up 11 wins, including a 68-62 win at North Dakota State, which finished the season with a 13-1 home mark, won the Summit League, and was on its way to the NCAA Tournament. UVU broke the all-time single season team blocks record with an impressive 157 swats in 2020-21.
Madsen’s players have been equally impressive in the classroom with his team leading the nation with 10 players named to the NABC Honors Court in 2021. His 2020-21 team earned the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, which recognizes teams with a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or better.

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